If you had to give a presentation on this novel, what would be the important facts to include and the evidence to support it?Describe and make a Judgment on the language, theme and the...

If you had to give a presentation on this novel, what would be the important facts to include and the evidence to support it?

Describe and make a Judgment on the language, theme and the characterisation in the literary text?

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In order to do a presentation on J. M. Coetzee's novel, Disgrace, you need to cover several distinctive features of the novel.

Historical Background: One major aspect of this novel's popularity an literary significance is its setting in post-apartheid Africa. It is especially important to include evidence of the high crime rate in South Africa during this period, as part of the novel emphasizes that the end of apartheid, while very much a positive thing, did not end problems of poverty, inequality, and violence.

Plot: This novel is more character than plot driven, but you need to cover Lurie's back-story, the affair that ends his teaching career, and his life on the farm.

Characters: Lurie, his daughter, and the student with whom he has the career-ending affair are the most important.

Role of Women: Lurie's relationships with various women (including his daughter) and the role of women in South African society are thematically important.

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